5 Innovative Local Businesses That Are Growing

For many people, summer means long walks on the beach, boating, and barbeques. While the warm summer days and nights are the perfect time to connect with family and friends, local entrepreneurs have been busy opening and expanding small businesses in Jamaica Plain and throughout the Greater Boston Area.
Wild Pops: Gourmet ice cream shops have been around for a while but have you tried a gourmet Popsicle? That’s about to change as LA’s Wild Pops will open a retail store along Washington Street later this year. We are keen to try some of their more exotic flavors like spicy pineapple, dark Belgian chocolate and mango.
Turtle Swamp: While Sam Adams may be in front of mind when you think of JP brewers, the competition is heating up. This spring Nicholas Walther and John Lincecum launched Turtle Swamp in space on Washington Street. Turtle Swamp was the colonial name for the lowland between Forest Hills and Jackson Square that provided pristine water for making beer. The company is committed to advancing the craft of beer making in JP and offers bitters, IPA, porter and more!
Evy Tea expansion: Congratulations to Evy Chen for raising $1 million to expand Evy Tea nationwide. This summer Evy opened a second tea bar near the Bunker Hill Monument in Charlestown serving signature cold brewed tea steeped for 16 hours. The match is not to be missed! EvyTea is also converting a 1976 Airstream trailer into a mobile tea bar that will bring cold brew goodness to farmers’ markets and community events around town.
Evergreen Eatery: The team behind beloved JP Seafood will be open a new venture in the old La Rana Rossa space. According to Eater, the menu will focus on farm-to-table American diner dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner and brunch on the weekends.
Brass Cat Café: The team behind Casa Verde, Tres Gatos, and Centre Street Café scheduled to open a New Orleans style restaurant on a rapidly developing section of Washington Street near Green Street station. The restaurant will start the day as a coffee shop and serve New Orleans style cuisine, including fried chicken, jambalaya, blackened fish, steak, and vegetarian options in the evening.
We love the spirit of adventure that entrepreneurs bring to our community and are thrilled to see local favorites thrive and expand. And, as local small business owners, we’re grateful for the support we have received from the JP community. We hope to see you at one of these new small businesses!

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